Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by RCfanNdallas: Took friends on their first cruise!
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Took friends on their first cruise!
I don't want to get long winded on this one. Two of my friends have put up with me blabbing about cruising for years so they finally said let's go.
With me and one friend in Dallas and the other in Phoenix, LA or San Diego seemed the best choice for departure. I am a fan of the larger ships and now that Mariner is doing the Mexican Riveria, it was the most logical choice.
Pricing on this cruise was incredible. We ended up in an Owner's Suite for about $1300 per person plus tax and tip. I have cruised in inside cabins, oceanview cabins and balconies but never a suite. You know the saying that once you have flown first class, it's hard to go back? Well, it's true. Our cabin had almost 700 s.f. The decor was much higher quality than a regular cabin and the balcony was huge. We did offer it up to the cabin crawl and I believe everyone else was quite impressed. I just hope to have the opportunity in the future to travel in this class of cabin again. More
We arrived in at LAX on Saturday and our friend from Phoenix picked us up. We drove straight to Long Beach and checked in to a brand new hotel called the AVIA-Long Beach. It is a very modern and boutique style hotel. I highly recommend it. We got at AAA rate for $105 for the night. The roof top pool was a great place to start our vacation overlooking the Queen Mary. Being located at an area called the Pike and just a short walk from Pine St. and the Shoreline Village, made this a great place to relax before embarking on Sunday. We enjoyed a late lunch on the water front and then just relaxed the rest of the evening at the hotel. On Sunday, we got up around 9 a.m. and walked down Pine St and had breakfast at a great little place called the Omlette Inn?
Went back to the hotel, checked out and took the 10 minute drive to San Pedro. We unloaded our bags with a porter, went inside and checked in and we were on the ship in 15 minutes. This was about 11:30 and the cabins were not ready till 1:00 so I took them on a tour and then we had lunch at the Windjammer. Straight to the cabin right after at 1:00 and opened the door to our Owner's Suite (too bad we are not the actual owners...lol...I would never leave).
After unpacking, we headed out to deck and started what would be a week of too much imbibing...4:00 came quickly and we headed to muster which is much better without life jackets....thanks to whomever allowed this to happen..
After muster,we went to the Sky Bar to meet up with fellow CC'rs and then to the Crown Lounge for my traditional Dirty Martini for sailaway. After this, the rest of the day is a little hazy on details...lol...but one thing that happened that was not so good was our luggage was still not at the room by 9 p.m. Our stateroom attendant was looking for it but did not know where it was. I finally called guest relations and was told it was being held by security. She said they left a message but there was not one on our phone. As this was my friend's first cruise and I had been bragging about RC and the service and especially since we were in a suite, I got a little angry at this point. We went down to deck one and they said there was a sharp instrument which turned out to be a cuticle trimmer. I was pissed...how do you high jack a cruise ship with "insert your own words here" cuticle cutter. Plus, why would you hold up 7 bags of luggage for one bag? I walked around the corner and there was the rest of our luggage. We all grabbed our bags and took them up to the room. I was suprised at this point that security had not had a word with me as I was being guite verbal....which goes back to the imbibing thing I mentioned earlier. I am not proud of it but this is what happened. I then headed to guest relations and kept up my angry demeanor. The GR agent was apologetic and asked what he could do. I told him whatever he thought was the right thing to do. We got a phone call and cheese tray....oh well....I know this sounds like a "prima donna" thing but as the instigator of my friends taking their first cruise, and paying extra for a suite, I was just embarrased and took it a little to personal. But, we all got over it quickly and enjoyed the evening.
We ate in Chops, Portofino's, Main Dining, Johnny Rockets and room service during the week. Not any issues to talk about. The food was great and the service good.
Being in a suite, we did use the concierge lounge and enjoyed the coffee, appetizers and "free" cocktails. Allen even let us take beers back to the cabin to watch the Cowboys game...
Our fave bar was Ellington's in the Crown Lounge....Jose(?) was great to talk to and made some awesome drinks.... Second was the Schooner bar...great live music...
The shows, not so good. Not for lack of trying....the performer's were great but the production was just lacking in imagination...the big exception being the Ice Show...we were WOW'd...
How some good times and bad times in the Casino...did not care for all the smokers...really intense in that area...
We did enjoy the pool quite a bit...it was crowded but always a seat to be found...well that's because they have a reserved area for suite guests...lol...no really, it never got crazy...
The weather was varied...cool coming out of California, very hot in Cabo and Mazatlan, ok in Puerto Vallarta, good on the 1st sea day going back and then we hit a cool front on our last day at sea...there was some rocking of the ship but it did not affect us too much. I brought Ginger tablets and took twice a day. After using the patch which made me feel wierd, this was a better alternative.
The Mariner of the Seas is overall a great ship...very clean, friendly staff, and great service. They were doing quite a bit of repair and maintenance during our cruise which I have never seen done before on the 7 other cruises I have taken. I understand the need but it did detract from the "vacation" feeling and being away from the real world. I am talking about carpet being replaced and stairways being closed, parts of the pool deck roped off while they dug out the grout, etc....replacing the jogging track which required sanders, etc...Maybe they decided this week was ok to do this because we all got such great cruise fares....lol...
We did not do any RC excursions. I enjoy setting off on my own adventures which allows you to experience things at your own pace and price.
Overall, this was a great cruise except for the few bumps I mentioned...
Embarkation was easy as we walked off the ship with our luggage, jumped in the car and we were at LAX by 9:30 a.m.....
But, my saying, well somebodies saying anyways is I would rather have a bad day on vacation than no vacation at all....Looking forward to the next one... Less
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I really liked the vibe in Mazatlan and would like to spend some time there in the future...